NW Wind Symphony Fall Concert, “Another Opening, Another Show”

The Northwest Wind Symphony kicks off its 26th season on Saturday, October 22, with a concert titled, “Another Opening, Another Show.” Fans of musical theatre will enjoy music from My Fair Lady, Fiddler on the Roof, Camelot, and The Music Man. Also included in the evening’s entertainment are selections from the Gilbert and Sullivan comic ballet Pineapple Poll and Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. Completing the repertoire are Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel and The Sound of Music.

Our guest artist this evening will be Richard Vitzhum, conductor, composer, and violinist. Richard spent the early years of his career in the world of Broadway, touring nationally as a conductor and solo violinist with Fiddler on the Roof, The King and I, and Carousel. Since moving to the northwest, he has performed with Evita and Annie Get Your Gun.

Tickets may be purchased for $12 at the door, or in advance from Book ‘n’ Brush in Chehalis. Students are free with paying adult. All concerts begin at 7pm at Corbet Theatre on the Centralia College campus. For more information, please visit www.northwestwindsymphony.org.

NWWS 26th Season – “Musical Journeys”

The theme for this year’s season will be Musical Journeys. In October, we begin our journey in New York City, a specific street in NYC in fact:  Broadway, around 42nd street, the “theater district!”  The music that emanates from this neighborhood has literally defined American Musical Theater.  But this is just the beginning of our journey.

In January, we travel north on Broadway from 42nd street to the “more established center of great art” that defines NYC: the Metropolitan Opera.  We stay only briefly before we’re off across the Atlantic to theaters in Paris, Berlin, Moscow, Vienna, Dresden, and of course the Beyreuth Festspielhaus.  You see, before there were movies, television, Nintendo, video games, and ipads, there was Opera!

In April, we’ll extend our journey in Europe for a bit longer as we experience wind Transcriptions of some of the world’s greatest music. This music was originally written for strings or other groups, but has now been arranged for wind instrument ensemble. We hope you will join us for this exciting trip!

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Spring Concert: “English Fare”

The NWWS’s Spring concert, “English Fare,” takes place April 16, 2016, at Corbet Theatre at 7pm. This final concert of our 25th season reminds us of the roots of our American wind music heritage. Featured are works of a newer breed of composers, some of which you’ve never heard. The music, however, is pure delight!

Commissioned in 1985 for the 10th anniversary of the Bolton Youth Concert Band, Festivo was premiered at the WASBE (World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles) convention in July of that year.  Many of Edward Gregson’s works for wind band have become staples in the band world.  Besides Festivo, the NWWS has performed his Tuba Concerto, and Celebration, a veritable concerto for wind ensemble.

Adam Gorb studied Music at Cambridge University and Composition at the Royal Academy of Music in London, where he graduated with the highest honors and has a PhD in Composition from the University of Birmingham. He currently is Head of School of Composition at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Downtown Diversions was composed for a consortium of fourteen American colleges and universities; it was premiered at the 2001 National Conference of the CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association).  Its style is witty with a subtle hint of jazz and is a tour de force for both the ensemble as well as the trombone soloist. This piece features NWWS’s own Rich Pasko on trombone.

When Lincolnshire Posy was first performed by the Milwaukee Concert Band, only three movements were performed: one, two, and four. This was because Grainger believed that the performers cared “more about their beer than the music.” As a completed work, it was premiered at the ABA (American Bandmasters Association) convention in 1937. The work of “musical wildflowers,” as Grainger referred to it, was a portrait of the singers, many of which died in poor houses. It has blossomed into a staple of the wind band repertoire.

Thanks to Hollywood, the Colonel Bogey March enjoys world-wide popularity. It was composed by Lieutenant F. J. Ricketts (a.k.a. Kenneth J. Alford), a British Army bandmaster who later became the director of music for the Royal Marines at Plymouth.

The four movements of Songs & Refrains are each based on a different folksong of various origins. Each movement can be seen to adopt a ‘micro’ theme-and-variation form, in that a melody is initially presented simply, and is then played around with. All the songs had verses that link the songs most closely to the music.

Our 25th season then concludes with Edward Elgar’s Military March No. 1 – perhaps the most often performed military march in history.

Tickets for the concert can be purchased at the door or Book ‘n’ Brush in Chehalis for $12 general admission. Kids and students are free. Children under 16 must be accompanied by paying adult. Please visit our Concerts or Tickets page for more information.


From Sousa to Fiesta! NWWS Music of the Americas

The Northwest Wind Symphony’s winter concert, “Music of the Americas,” takes place this Saturday, February 6, at Corbet Theatre. The concert begins at 7p.m. and features music of North and South America.

The program’s first half presents staples of American concert band music – “American Overture” by Joseph Wilcox Jenkins, and “Chorale and Alleluia” by Howard Hanson, as well as works by relative newcomers Anthony Plog and Kathryn Salfelder. The first half of the program concludes with a John Philip Sousa classic, “The Fairest of the Fair.” The second half of the program turns south to the joyous sounds of the fiesta! High-energy music by Marquez, Bautista, and Padilla will make it difficult for listeners to stay in their seats. The concert concludes appropriately with South American music by a North American composer, H. Owen Reed.

Featured guest artists include Jameson Bratcher on tuba, NWWS’s own Dane Hurd on trumpet, and John Welsh, guest conductor. Tickets are $12 general admission, available at the door or from Book ‘n’ Brush or Heymann Whinery. Students are free (15 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult).